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“if you can get through Darlington weekend you can get through this weekend. Those extra hundred miles here aren’t near as hard as it is at Darlington, I believe,” Stewart said.

Usually, Patrick’s spending her Memorial Day weekend prepping for the Indianapolis 500. But she says she’s excited about the NASCAR challenge and hasn’t spent much time longing for the Brickyard.

“I was ready to leave IndyCar. I wanted to be here,” she said. “When you are not missing something, longing for something, you don’t really think about it that much.”

Earnhardt’s tried not to think too much about his late-race flame out at Charlotte last year. He channels any remaining frustration into working hard to make sure nothing goes wrong Sunday night.

Earnhardt expects his team to make the right calls and get himself up front when it matters most and “we hopefully have enough fuel to get to the finish line,” he said.